Symposium: Energy Efficiency in Germany and Japan - Solutions for Commercial, Public and Residential Buildings

On April 17, 2018, the AHK Japan held a symposium with the title "Energy Efficiency in Germany and Japan: Solutions for Commercial, Public and Residential Buildings". The daylong event that was kindly supported by the German Embassy, JETRO, the Institute for Building Environment and Energy Conservation (IBEC), and the International Building Materials Forum (IBMF), was well received by the almost 80 attendees.

During the symposium, five German companies held presentations about smart heating solutions, glass architecture, ventilation systems, energy-saving architecture and design and other energy-efficient services and products. Furthermore, two German experts from the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning, as well as the German Energy Storage Association spoke about Germany’s “Energiewende” and the step-by-step process of energy-efficient construction, which started with the first energy-saving ordinance already in 1977, “Plus Energy Houses” and the ambitious goal of making the buildings stock almost climate neutral by 2050. In addition, Japanese representatives of the Japanese Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, Passive House Japan and the Japan Federation of Construction Contractors talked about the challenges and possibilities that Japan is currently facing in regards to the energy efficient buildings sector, the goal of rapidly increasing the number of Zero Energy Buldings and Houses by 2030 and the CASBEE system for evaluating the environmental performance of buildings in Japan.

The AHK Japan thanks all speakers for their valuable insights.

The symposium was held in the context of a trade mission to Japan that took place on April 16 - 20, as part of a market development program for German companies, sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). The five participating German companies that wish to enter the Japanese market, were able to obtain first-hand information on Japan, and also attended individual B2B-meetings with companies in the greater Tokyo area in order to discuss possible business collaborations.